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Nasheed appeals for respect, urges not to mock MDP loss

Lamya Abdulla
30 September 2023, MVT 21:37
(FILE) Speaker of Parliament former President Mohamed Nasheed speaking to journalists at a press conference on Saturday, September 23, 2023 -- Photo: Fayaz Moosa / Mihaaru
Lamya Abdulla
30 September 2023, MVT 21:37

Former President of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Mohamed Nasheed said on Saturday, that he does not want anyone to mock or criticize MDP for losing the presidential election.

Nasheed, who had joined The Democrats, a party formed by former MDP members, including himself, who had left the party, expressed on X that he believes it is not wise to respond with anger at this moment. As an active member within the leadership of The Democrats, Nasheed urged people not to demean MDP members.

In the second round of the election, the People’s National Congress’ (PNC) candidate, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, has taken the lead over MDP’s candidate, the current President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.

After Nasheed lost MDP's primary election to president Solih, he initiated the formation of The Democrats with the goal of ending the current presidency. The Democrats fielded their own candidate, Hulhudhoo MP Ilyas Labeeb, in the first round of the election. However, in the second round, they made the decision not to support either MDP's or PNC's candidate.

The Democrats have passed a resolution advocating for a change in the governance system of the Maldives, proposing a shift to a parliamentary system. This resolution has been submitted to the Elections Commission (EC), and the EC's decision is to conduct parliamentary votes on October 29 regarding this proposal.